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Amazon Kindle Fire Supported Video Formats and Conversion Tips

About Kindle Fire Tablet and Dimensions

Kindle Fire is a mini-type tablet computer designed and marketed by Amazon.com, derived from Kindle e-book reader (similar to B&N's Nook, Bookeen's Cybook and Aluratek's Libre). This first generation Kindle Fire has a 7-inch and a 8.9-inch display, 7.5×4.7×0.45 inches (191×119×11 mm), and then Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX (7 and 8.9/8.99 inch versions) were also available in the 2nd and 3rd generations.

Amazon Kindle Fire Supported Content Formats

Kindle Fire Content formats Supported: Kindle Format 8 (KF8), Kindle Mobi (.azw), TXT, PDF, unrestricted MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Kindle Fire Video Formats Supported: MPEG-4 (3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V), WebM, Matroska (MKV)

Kindle Fire Audio Formats Supported: AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV

File format

Video format

Encoding

Video resolution

Total bitrate

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 6 Basic)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Simple@L1)

320 x 240

192

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 4)

H.263

(BaseLine@1.0)

128 x 96

108

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 4)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Advanced Simple@L4)

176 x 144

103

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 5)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Simple@L0)

(bvop)

176 x 144

40

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 4)

H.263

(BaseLine@1.0)

176 x 144

901

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 4)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Simple@L0)

176 x 144

233

3GP

MPEG-4

(3GPP Media Release 6 Basic)

AVC/H.264

(BaseLine@L2.2)

320 x 240

1217

3G2

MPEG-4

(3GPP2 Media)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Simple@L0)

(bvop)

176 x 144

40

MP4

MPEG-4

(Base Media/Version 2)

AVC/H.264

(BaseLine@L1.3)

480 x 320

616

MP4

MPEG-4

(Mobile Version)

MPEG-4 Visual

(Simple@L0)

176 x 144

119

MP4

MPEG-4

(Base Media/Version 2)

AVC/H.264

(High@L4.0)

(CABAC)

1920 x 816

2425

MP4

MPEG-4

(Base Media/Version 2)

AVC/H.264

(High@L4.0)

(CABAC)

1920 x 1080

5947

M4V

MPEG-4

AVC/H.264

(BaseLine@L1.3)

320 x 240

685

M4V

MPEG-4

MPEG-4 Visual

(Advanced Simple@L0)

320 x 240

889

M4V

MPEG-4

AVC/H.264

(BaseLine@L1.3)

320 x 240

90

WEBM

WEBM

VP8

320 x 240

407

WEBM

WEBM

VP8

492 x 360

693

MKV

Matroska

AVC/H.264

(High@L5.1)

1920 x 1080

742

MKV

Matroska

AVC/H.264

(High@L5.1)

1920 x 1080

It is obvious that the best movie video formats for Kindle Fire are MP4 (with MPEG codec), M4V, Webm, 3GP and MKV, and for Kindle Fire HD and HDX MKV and MP4 (with H264 codec). Among them, MKV is the most common high definition video, MP4 and M4V are applied to Apple, both MP4 and WebM videos can be downloaded from YouTube, and 3GP/3G2 videos are used on 3G mobile phones yet playable on some 2G and 4G phones. And MP4 is highly recommended for its easy availability, high compatibility, great compression rate and especially amazing video quality.

How to Make Your Videos Most Suitable for Playing on Kindle Fire

Question Mark I want to copy my own videos to the kindle fire. I tried ripping it with handbrake to m4v an mp4. Neither has worked. Anyone know how to convert video for the fire?

Question Mark I've tried Handbrake and a few videos that were already in .mp4 format, but neither has worked. I think the specific codecs the Fire requires aren't that common. Anyone found a good conversion program that's been actually used?

Not all the video files you have are in those formats supported by Kindle Fire (HD). Besides, Kindle Fire limits the vertical resolution to a maximum of 1080 pixels and the maximum frame rate to 30 frames per second. In such cases, you may need to convert video formats and change specifications for Kindle Fires (HD, HDX) with different dimensions.

VideoProc is the best video converter for Kindle Fire. For one thing, it has abundant Amazon video profiles such that users do not have to make personal settings while getting the best output videos made for Kindle tablet; for another, this Kindle Fire HD video format converter also allows users to select and adjust aspect ratio, change CBR VBR bitrate and other video/audio parameters to get the most ideal output files for any portable device. All AVI, AVCHD (.mts, .m2ts), MPEG (.mpg, .mpeg), MOV, WMV, FLV, MOD, TOD, RM, RMVB, VOB, ASF, QT, DAT, Google TV and TS videos can be converted for playing on Kindle Fire.

Best MKV to MP4 Converter for Windows/Mac

VideoProc - It can convert any videos for playback on Amazon Kindle Fire or many other devices at the fastest speed while keeping nearly lossless quality. Hundreds of premade presets allow you to convert video to MP4, AVI, MOV, Android tablets, smartphones, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile, Xbox or other devices directly with Full Hardware Acceleration.

Step-by-step Guide of Converting AVI M2TS MPG FLV MOV WMV to Kindle Fire

Step 1. Download and launch the best Kindle Fire video converter on PC or Mac. Go to "Video" interface, and add source files by clicking the first button on the top left, or you can directly drag the originals. It supports importing videos in batch mode.

Step 2. Click "Target Format" on the main interface. Under Movie Video Profile, find "Android Pad", click "to Amazon Video" and choose the most proper one among the options for reproducing in MPEG4/H.264 with different codecs for meet different demands of Kindle Fire users. This software enables you to preview the video on the right window of the UI.

Step 3. Click RUN button to convert your AVI, AVCHD, MPEG, MOV, WMV, FLV, MOD, TOD, RM, VOB, ASF, QT, etc to the Fire. It means that you will get the Kindle Fire compatible video/movie file on your computer very shortly.

Convert Video to Amazon Kindle Fire

Step 4. Attach the Fire to your computer via USB to load the output MP4 videos. The Kindle Fire acts like an external hard drive. Then drag & drop (or copy/paste) the video from the PC/Mac to the Fire.

Another Tip: Kindle Fire (1st Generation) does not support HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). If you need to stream SD/HD movies to Kindle Fire, please try Air Playit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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